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Pop icon Elton John calls Pope Francis "wonderful"

Published on Jun 30, 2014 6:29 AM
 
British singer Elton John performs at the Ibiza123 Festival in Sant Antoni de Portmany on the Balearic island of Ibiza on July 2, 2012. British musician Elton John described Pope Francis as wonderful in an interview on Sunday in which he said Jesus would support gay marriage. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British musician Elton John described Pope Francis as “wonderful” in an interview on Sunday in which he said Jesus would support gay marriage.

A top-selling pop star and one of the world’s most prominent gay celebrities, John said the leader of the Catholic Church was a sign of hope.

“He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith...it’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness,” John told Sky News.

Francis has appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone towards homosexuals than his predecessors since his election last year. John said that gay members of the clergy should be able to wed and that he believed Jesus Christ would be in favour of gay marriage, which became legal in Britain in March.

 
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